Embracing your inner nerd

There is a time in any person’s life where he or she may face the fact that indeed, they may be the hosts of an inner nerd. In my case, I came to this inevitable conclusion when I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in English Literature. I remember the epic day a friend of mine, whose identity will be kept in the shadows but will be referred as D, accompanied me to a nearby library to do some research for a paper.  This particular library was not too big, since many of its books were rare and specialized. Also, we had to go there because they had the books we needed. I should also add that these were times before the Internet became to exist, so our University work was done in the old fashioned way, through many books, reading, writing and patience.

Actually, D came along because she also had a paper due on that same week. I think it was a Sunday afternoon, now that I remember, and when we entered the library, we were greeted by the librarian and directed to where we could find the books we were looking for.

I don’t know how many hours went by, because I just glued myself to the chair and had tons of books spread out on the table, and I was taking notes like a maniac, totally absorbed in my research. I believe D did the same thing until one of us asked: “Do you know what time is it?” We did not know. Neither of us had a watch. All I could see is that we were alone in the room and the clock on the wall said it was 9:00 p.m. Nowadays some University libraries do not close, but back then, they did.

“Are you hungry? I think we should wrap up and leave.” I said. D agreed. I had almost finished my work, I just needed to corroborate some details and we could go. Now, the thing is, D had gone to the front door and came back saying: “I think they closed and left us here!”

I unstuck my eyes and nose from the book I was reading and said: “Are you serious?”

“Yes, the door is locked and there’s no one here.” D said.

“So, how do we get out?” I said, panicking.

“I don’t know!” D added.

We tried using the phone, but none of the extensions worked, not even the one from the security guard in the front. How could we spend the night locked up in a library? I thought. It was just plain stupid. So it occurred to me, we could try and open up a window, since they faced the corridor that took us to the outside world. These were guillotine windows, and if we were lucky, one of them would be unlocked and we could escape!

Thank God my intuition was right. We found an unlocked window, then we ran to gather out stuff and immediately jumped out into the corridor unnoticed, like two bandits. However, we were careful to close the window afterwards. We did not want any burglars to come in and steal the library’s books!

Ok, but what does this have to do with embracing your inner nerd?

Maybe a lot or maybe not much, but it does open a preamble for my fascination with books, literature, novels and history.

I recently came across this post, somewhere over the Internet, asking for characters to role play The Tudors as in the TV series. I humbly asked the administrator, King Henry VIII, if I could play Lady Mary, his daughter, and he agreed. Now, I know I am not as spectacular as the actress who plays her part in the series, but I don’t look like the real Lady Mary either. As usual, I did some research, but now I can bless the Internet for providing these images in a timely manner.

Let me say that in order to do role playing, you don’t need to reveal your true identity. They could either be men or women playing male or female characters. Players use avatars taken from the series in order to portray the characters they choose, but again, my inner nerd felt the calling and urged me to do something extra…

I’ve already been called a geek, a nerd, a weirdo, etc. But, what if I encourage the rest of the gang in the group of role players I’m in? At least I appreciate and do embrace my inner nerd, and I’m proud of it.


22 thoughts on “Embracing your inner nerd

  1. MzLoveViewz says:

    This is so funny because I also love to stay at the bookstore till closing. My family always tease me and say,” if you go missing we’ll know the bookstore must have locked you in”. Great post.

    • mcolmo says:

      Thank you! Only that I got locked in a library, but yes, I know the feeling, I used to stay in Borders until they started turning the lights off!

  2. Elana says:

    Haha! I love libraries and English literature!
    Also, there should be more nerds in the world. And I generally get called a loser. I prefer nerd, thank you so much. 😉
    I just nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. You can see it here: http://cartoondramas.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/awards/
    ~ Elana.

  3. Brilliant Pic and thanks for the Zorro posts!!! I LOVED Zorro and The Cisco Kid when I was like 5 years old. You truly are a cool geek!

  4. Addie says:

    Ohmagah! I love everything about that photo of you. I would rather wear something like that than wear anime costumes!

  5. Fergiemoto says:

    Gotta love than inner nerd! I know that self very well.

  6. munchow says:

    I think you should be proud of your inner nerd – although I would rather call it a strong character. We should much more often play out our inner dreams. Thanks for the inspiration. And I did ready about your adventure at the library. It could easily have become A Night in the Library…

    • mcolmo says:

      Thank you Munchow! There is nothing wrong in having an inner nerd and allowing it to bloom, LOL. And yes, the nerdiness developed much earlier in life, being locked up in a library was one of many manifestations… 😀

  7. m5son says:

    lolololol. You are something else my nerdy and pretty friend. Queen Mary you cannot be, as you are much too pretty. But her fine mother Catherine of Aragon actually looked like you (in the series, of course.)
    You kill me.

    • mcolmo says:

      Hahahaha, you won’t believe how much I enjoy these nerdy activities. I don’t think I look like any of them, but I do have some Tudoresque clothes. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  8. susielindau says:

    Beautiful photograph!!

  9. Ligia says:

    Nerds unidos…jamás serán vencidos….

  10. I enjoyed the Tudor series, despite the wild historical inaccuracies. Glad you had fun!

  11. mikereverb says:

    Great cosplaying! I must say that you look not only like a character on the Tudors but also Lucrezia from The Borgias (sans the blond hair).

    Bravo for letting your inner geek out to play, and thanks for sharing. 🙂

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